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Lundberg, State Care of the Elderly & Labor Supply of Adult Children

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Archiving the Historical Demography of the U.S.

a PSC Research Project

Investigator:   George C. Alter

This project will archive, preserve, and disseminate historically and demographically significant data about the United States. Our focus is on longitudinal data describing life histories, especially multi-generation datasets. Recent developments in population-related sciences, such as the bio-demography of aging and the evolutionary biology of reproduction, have renewed interest in data that follow individuals throughout their lives and across generations. There is a rich heritage of such data about the U.S., but it is in grave danger of being lost forever. Many important studies were conducted at a time when data archiving was not a standard practice, and the preservation of digital objects was rarely considered. In addition to archiving and preserving these data, we will translate them into the “Intermediate Data Structure,” an emerging standard for historical longitudinal data, which creates standardization and transparency in complex data management tasks and makes these data much easier to use.

Funding Period: 03/18/2010 to 02/28/2014

Country of Focus: USA

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